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Mr. Rossi, Mr. Hu and politics. The role of immigration in shaping natives' voting behavior

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  • Barone, Guglielmo
  • D'Ignazio, Alessio
  • de Blasio, Guido
  • Naticchioni, Paolo

Using Italian municipality-level data on national elections and IV estimation strategy, we find that immigration generates a sizable causal increase in votes for the center-right coalition, which has a political platform less favorable to immigrants. Additional findings are: (i) the effect is heterogeneous across municipalities with different sizes; (ii) the gain in votes for the center-right coalition corresponds to a loss of votes for the center and center-left parties, a decrease in voter turnout, and a rise in protest votes; (iii) the relationship between immigration and electoral gains percolates to mayoral election at the municipality level; (iv) cultural diversity, competition in the labor market and for public services, and political competition are the most relevant channels at work.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

Volume (Year): 136 (2016)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 1-13

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Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:136:y:2016:i:c:p:1-13
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2016.03.002
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